EKEDC warns customers against electricity theft

The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), on Tuesday, warned consumers within the network to stop electricity theft or face the wrath of the law.

Mr Godwin Idemudia, the General Manager, Corporate Communications Unit, EKEDC, gave the warning in a statement in Lagos.

According to the General Manager, power theft is a serious crime punishable by the law.

Idemudia said that bypassing of prepaid meters and illegal removal or relocation of meter from one location to another is wrong.

“This leads to inaccurate consumption of energy or damage to meter, if caught, the customers will pay the heavy fine on this.

“It is very simple if customer applies for a meter to a building in Surulere, he has no right to take it to Lekki or Ajah because the meter belongs to the building in Suru-Lere and not Ajah or Lekki.

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“Also the unauthorised and illegal connection to power lines will affect the quality of electricity and this will even lead to an increase in the consumption of legitimate consumers,” he said.

The general manager warned that illegal connection to distribution transformer can lead to disruptions in supply, which can also create an electrical hazard with the potential loss of life.

Idemudia, however, advised customers within the network to ensure prompt payment of their monthly bills, adding that nonpayment of electricity bills could result in disconnection from the power supply.

(NAN)

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